Due to utility meters coming to the end of their lifespan, the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District Board of Supervisors is looking to update the meter portion of their utility ordinance. First reading of the ordinance took place Monday, Oct. 19 at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

Part of the problem is when the meters need to be changed, maintenance staff need access to a person’s home. The update would provide a process and a time period for staff to contact the homeowner. If the homeowner ignores the phone calls, letters and postings, then water would be shut off for that residence and wouldn’t be reconnected until a new meter could be put in.

“That would be an absolute last resort move,” Dakota Dunes CID District Manager Jeff Dooley said.

Another utility ordinance sets out procedures and rules for connection charges to the CID’s utilities. This change resulted due to land being purchased where lots were not originally planned and platted for residential homes. Those changes require the following conditions before the CID will allow the connection:

1. The District must have capacity for the connection.

2. All platting and zoning requirements have to be met.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.